History of Youth Services Commission
In 1989, the City of Hopewell passed a Chapter 38-Youth Services as law, which established the Office on Youth and Youth Services Commission (YSC) under the Virginia Delinquency Prevention and Youth Development Act of 1979.
The Youth Services law mandated a citywide Office on Youth to implement the strategies to accomplish the goals and objectives as established and authorized by the newly formed Youth Services Commission.
Due to budget constraints, the state was no longer able to entirely fund all statewide offices and the City’s Office on Youth was closed around 1996.
In 2014, the City Council committed to reinvesting in the city’s youth and supported legislation to reestablish the Office on Youth and reappoint members of the community to serve on the Youth Services Commission. 21 years after the Youth Services Commission disbanded, City Council reinstated Commission appointments. City Code, Chapter38- Youth Services defines the Youth Services Commission duties and responsibilities.
The YSC fulfills its duties and responsibilities through the City of Hopewell’s Office on Youth. The office is established to implement the strategies to accomplish the goals and objectives as established and authorized by the Youth Services Commission.